Thursday, September 4, 2008

Banana Bread Teething Sticks

It is getting to be that time! While feeding Jack, he has started grabbing for his spoon and (prepare for gross out) taking food back out of his mouth to examine it. After battling him at lunch time yesterday, I decided to make him his first batch of teething biscuits to give him something to work on between bites.

Rule #1 my mother taught me: The browner the banana the better the bread. These are not very brown because I was impatient. To get little chunks of banana throughout the stick, do not mash them up too much.

Batter ready for the oven.

You are supposed to wait until the bread cools completely before you cut it up into sticks. You could also freeze the loaf before slicing it to help combat any crumbling. I did neither of these things hence the uneven sticks.

Banana Bread Teething Sticks
Yield: Depending on how you cut them, a lot of little sticks
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil (I did 1/4c. oil and 1/4c. unsweetened applesauce)
2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana
1 3/4 cups flour (white, whole wheat, or a combination)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine ingredients and stir only until smooth. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until firmly set. (Mine only took 35 minutes so you need to watch it)

Cool, remove from pan, and cut into sticks. Spread sticks out on a cookie sheet and bake at 150 degrees F for 1 hour or longer until the sticks are hard and crunchy. (Once again, the time on this was a little off...mine took nearly two and a half hours to get crunchy) Store in a tightly covered container.

Now for the moment of truth... will he like them?

Hmm..failed test #1. They don't bounce.

Success! He likes them and just as important, so does our dog in charge of floor clean-up. Yum.

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